formal gardens with pools and fountains, the Baroque Palace Theater, a zoo, the Palm House with several climatic zones, and a strategically placed elevated baroque Gloriette pavilion with its nearly 66 foot high (20 meters) observation deck overlooking the Palace and parts of the city.
My long day was topped off with a delicious dinner of herbs salad with ginger and papadam and a grilled sea bass at the Palmenhaus Restaurant. This greenhouse for plants used to decorate official functions has a 50 foot high (15 meters) glass and steel canopy, huge palm trees and numerous other lush green plants. From almost any seat in the restaurant, diners have a view overlooking the formal terraces of the Burggarten, a beautiful garden near the Hofburg Palace and the Vienna Opera House. The Burggarten is the site of Mozart’s statute and home of the butterfly house. After a couple of glasses of wine, I could no longer ignore my fast approaching jet lag. Fortunately, the walk back to the Altstadt Vienna hotel was a short one and, fortunately, my friends knew the way.
If you go
The train is the best way to get to Vienna from any of the neighboring countries. Depending on your travel itinerary, you can use the Eurail Pass or a Rail Europe point-to-point ticket. KLM/NWA airlines provide daily flights from all major US airports.